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Help coping with bereavement

Losing someone close to you is always traumatic - here are some links to advice and information to guide you through this difficult time.

After a death - what you should do

What to do after a death
Useful information from the Citizens Advice Bureau.

What to do after someone dies
Information about your rights and responsibilities from Directgov.

Registering a death
This is a legal requirement within five days of a death. Find out how and where you should register.

Wills and legal issues

Information supplied by Citizens Advice Bureau.

Age Concern
Factsheet about dealing with someone's estate.

Find a solicitor
Search for a solicitor using the Law Society website.

Advice on Legal Aid
What it is and how you qualify from the Legal Aid Agency.

The probate service
Find out how to obtain copies of wills and grants of probate.

Financial help

Bereavement benefits
Information about bereavement payment, bereavement allowance and widowed parents' allowance.

Inheritance Tax
Forms and information from the Inland Revenue.

How do I settle the deceased tax affairs up to the date of death?
Advice from the Inland Revenue.

Veterans Agency Welfare services
Information for war widows or widowers.

Find an independent financial advisor
Use the postcode search to find financial advice in your area.


WAY Foundation
National support group for the widowed and young.

Child Bereavement UK
Helping families to cope with grief.

For confidential emotional support.

Baby loss
Help for those who have suffered a miscarriage or death of a baby.


Survivors of bereavement of suicide - a national support group

Mosaic Family Support (opens in a new window)

A Dorset charity offering support to bereaved children, young people, parents and carers.

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